Police name crash victims

Two people are dead and two are in a critical condition after a horror crash in Walker St in Maryborough last night.
Two people are dead and two are in a critical condition after a horror crash in Walker St in Maryborough last night. Nat Bromhead

FOUR friends took off for a joy ride around Maryborough on Tuesday night.

Two never came home.

Maryborough men Grant Ellis, 27 and Johnno Sheffield, 24 were killed when the silver sedan they were travelling in fish-tailed down Walker St. The sedan and ute crashed.

Both men leave behind young children.

Grant leaves a four-year-old daughter in Gundiah and Johnno, a little girl in Maryborough.

Driver Darren Probert, 22, was airlifted to Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital where he remained last night in a critical but stable condition.

His other passenger Lucaan Dowling , 29, was taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital and last night was serious but stable.

When emergency services arrived at the scene he had been thrown from the vehicle on to the grass.

At the time of going to press his condition was unknown.

The occupants of the ute – two men aged 45 and 31 – were not seriously injured.

Yesterday tributes flooded social networking site Facebook where a “RIP Johnno and Gruntly” page had been set up.

Friend Tam Geisler said “two lost boys – good mates, never forgotten. Be at peace”.

Well wishes, prayers and messages of hope were also posted on Mr Probert's page.

His partner Nikki Sullivan, who is pregnant with their child, said “I love you so much babe. You better pull through this. I need you in our lives bub. Miss you so very much”.

Officer in charge of the Maryborough District's Forensic Crash Unit Sergeant Steve Webb said early reports suggested the sedan had been travelling west on the slippery road when the driver lost control and crashed sideways into the ute.

He said it was a timely and “extremely unfortunate” reminder for motorists to drive to the conditions.

“What's it going to take?” Sgt Webb said

“We've already had a death on the roads here in the past three weeks.

“If the public drive to the conditions they will survive.”

Investigations into the crash are continuing.

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